Oral Health For Seniors


People of all ages need to make sure they visit the dentist regularly to maintain good oral health. As we age, however, we need to take extra care to ensure our oral health is good. Drugs or other conditions can make older folks more susceptible to oral issues.

As we age, we are at risk for a number of oral health problems including:

  • Darkening/Staining of teeth
  • Dry mouth – from medication or medical conditions
  • Gum and Tooth Decay
  • Tooth Loss
  • Gum Disease
  • Denture related Stomatitis – Also known as denture sores, which occur when bacteria develops between the gums and dentures
  • Thrush – Fungi that normally appears in the body may grow to abnormal levels in your mouth. Certain conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, or autoimmune diseases can make individuals more susceptible.

Brushing and Flossing

Most of us have heard that we should brush twice a day, and floss once a day. But less than 28% of people floss daily. Remember: Good Oral Health requires consistency. For a detailed description how to brush and floss properly, click here.

Consider an Electric Toothbrush

If you struggle with motion in your hands or wrists, consider getting an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can do a thorough job of cleaning your teeth.

As for which is better, electric or manual, the matter is up for a bit of debate. Some experts say that electric tooth brushes are generally more effective, while other say that either used properly are similar. Whether you choose electric or manual is really a matter of personal choice and what feels best for you.

Maintaining your Dentures

If you wear dentures, make sure to take them out every night, and soak them in denture cleaner. This will prevent Stomatitis and other oral issues from occurring.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. Even if you feel like your dental health is fine, it’s good to go in for a checkup and get your teeth cleaned by the professionals.

Healthy teeth make happy smiles. Happy Brushing!